Episode 257 – Ray Heffer – G4NSJ
Ray Heffer, G4NSJ, commandeered the family shortwave radio, as a kid, to further his interest in shortwave listening and ultimately amateur radio. Ray made his career as a television, radio, and audio visual equipment repairman, and now specializes in the repair and restoration of 1940’s vintage AM radio sets. I found this endeavor to be fascinating and Ray has created some clever and novel solutions to keep these radios entertaining their owners in the QSO Today.
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First transmitter – 10 watt 6.6 mhz pirate
First License: Age 17, Class B License,
First rig: Heathkit HW-30 twoer AM
Favorite bands: 160 and 80 meters
Bowden cable – like a bicycle shift cable
Capacitor reforming – revive old filter capacitors
Greatest challenge to amateur radio: electronic noise generated in neighborhoods from consumer products.
Excited most by: Getting back into CW
Advice to new or returning hams: Try to use Morse code if you can. Go to 10 meters, its a big band.
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Heathkit HW-30 “Twoer” 2 meter AM
Bush DAC10 AM Radio
Ekco AC76 AM “round” radio